It has been said by many, including artist Truck Torrence, that this past year has been a dumpster fire—a source of anxiety and destruction that causes multitudes of damage and chaos.
If this dumpster fire of a year wasn’t enough as it was with its destruction of and implications of grief and fear on the entire globe’s population, its fumes continue to pollute aspects of our lives as we try to return to some sense of normalcy through getting vaccinated, finding new jobs, mourning our losses, and trying to recover our sense of comfort in crowds and whatever life was pre-March 2020.
A recent survey has shown that 50% of Canadians have said that they experienced a deterioration of their mental health since the pandemic began—proof that while our suffering is vast and extensive, we are not alone.
The Month of May—but specifically the first week in May—is a time to raise awareness of mental health disorders and treatments. With statistics showing as many as 1 in 3 Canadians suffering from a mental disorder, it’s now more important than ever before to be aware of what mental health means and how you can work towards improving your own.
It’s particularly important to us here at Workwolf to encourage healthy mindsets and to approach mental health with the attention and dedication it deserves, especially while many of us may feel isolated with a lack of resources that would otherwise be accessible to us.
The team has compiled some resources, all of which are free to use and are found to be beneficial to us for supporting our own and for others’ mental health especially while we’re working from home and not seeing any of our coworkers or friends in person—though of course nothing can replace the help you can receive from a medical professional.
If you’re suffering, please seek medical attention immediately.
1. Toll-free numbers to call for free, live counselling
2. Toolkits for 2021 with the right information and advice
3. Fact sheets about mental health and emotions to keep in mind
4. Take 5 – A mindfulness practice for calming down and reducing stress
5. Information on how to discuss mental health and the right language to use
6. Resources to maintain and lead a healthy workplace, even from home
7. Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness videos on YouTube
8. Audio sessions to learn more and practice anxiety solutions at home
9. Discussion forums to share experiences
10. Resources to practice and understand the importance self-care
Remember that these are not all of the resources available to you—there are so many more available to access for free online. If you need help, please find the help you need by reaching out to a trusted friend, family member, neighbor, partner, colleague, doctor, or other medical professional.
May is Mental Health Awareness month. Along with being aware, you can be involved in improving your own mental health, and provide others with the resources they may need to improve theirs, as well. These resources are free to use and are available online to the general public. If you need urgent help, please call your medical professional or seek out emergency services nearest you.
*This post is not sponsored by any organizations or websites outside of Workwolf.com. These tips are offered purely in the best interest of the Workwolf user.